Jesus is irrelevant. Or Nixon?
I met a man this week who asked to see the Christian novel I was reading, so I asked if he had read any of the author’s books. “Nope, I’m a bad Jew,” he said. He laughed at my confused reaction to this odd response. “I don’t attend synagogue, or really do much with the Jewish faith,” he explained, “so I consider myself a bad Jew.” Then he shared how he saw no need for Rabbis, found much of the old rules unimportant and didn’t consider the Psalms to be actual scripture. He wasn’t sure what, if anything he thought about heaven, and he hoped hell wasn’t a real place but was somewhat worried that it just might be. When this impressive flow of words slowed to a trickle, I asked, “Then which precepts of the Jewish faith DO you hold dear?” “All of them,” he said, completely surprised by my question. Hmmm. “So, just out of curiosity, what do you think about Jesus?” I asked. He immediately said, “He’s irrelevant. You might as well ask me how I like Nixon.” Well…what to say to that? “You don’t believe there’s even a chance He could be the Messiah?” He shook his head saying, “There is no great Messiah. All the prophets are messiahs.” The plethora of answers to the age-old “Who is Jesus” question never seems to end. Jesus himself even asked his own disciples the question, “Who do YOU say I am?” (Matthew 16:15)
What do you really believe about Jesus? Because even now He’s asking you… “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” Go check out Jesus’ declarations on the matter. (John 14:6, John 11:25-26, John 6:35-40, Mark 14:61-62)
I hope you never stop searching until you find the true answer to this question!
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